Alexander County

Biography - David Linegar

HON. DAVID T. LINEGAR, lawyer and present member of Legislature of Illinois, was born in Milford, Clermont Co., Ohio, February 12, 1830. His father, Thomas Linegar, was of German ancestry, and his mother, Hannah Thompson, was of English origin. His parents in 1840 removed from Ohio to Indiana; there he acquired a common school education, and with a fixed determination to enlarge his sphere of usefulness, he qualified himself for the duties of a teacher, and during his four years' experience in that capacity, availed himself of the opportunity thus afforded to read law. He subsequently entered the office of Hon. L. Q. DeBruler, of Rockford, Ind., and in 1856 was admitted to practice. In 1858, he located for practice in Fairfield, Ill., where he remained until 1861, coming in that year to Cairo, Ill., which has since been his home. Here he has been associated with some of the ablest lawyers of Southern Illinois. He was reared under Democratic influences, but has not been a strict partisan, but has acted with that party whose political policy most nearly harmonized with his own. From 1854 until 1874, he was in the Republican ranks, and from 1861 to 1863 was Postmaster at Cairo. In 1872, he was the Republican Presidential Elector of Illinois for the State at large, and cast his vote for Grant. He was elected to the Illinois Legislature in 1880 as a Democrat, and is now serving his district with credit and acceptance. He was married in Newburg, Ind., August 24, 1853, to Miss Emma Hutchens. They have two children, viz.: Luella and Lucretia Linegar.

Extracted 31 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 29.

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